Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Car Accidents, Meagher Law Office, Personal Injury - General

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.  Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

Louisville car accident attorney Tate Meagher knows firsthand the pain and suffering a distracted driving accident can cause.  According to a NHTSA report, in 2016, 3,450 fatal crashes occurred on U.S. roadways that involved distraction. 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015.

According to the NHTSA, during daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has launched several awareness campaigns about the dangers of distracted driving. In June 2011, a Kentucky statute went into effect making it illegal to text the phone while driving.  However, according to a Courier Journal article, this law has been difficult to enforce.

The best way to prevent a crash with a distracted driver is to be aware of other drivers around you and drive defensively. Be a responsible driver — do not use a phone or text while driving.  If you use an infotainment system in your car, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are recommended over automakers that build their own native infotainment systems.  According to a AAA report CarPlay and Android Auto were 5 seconds, or 24 percent faster, than a vehicles native system when making a call and 15 seconds, or 31 percent faster, when navigating.

Clearly distracted driving will remain a significant issue for the foreseeable future.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a accident where the other driver was using their cell phone while driving or distracted in another way, contact the Meagher Law Office at (502) 309-9213 to set up a free consultation today.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified legal professional. In all cases, contact your legal professional for advice on any matter referenced in this article before making any decisions.

WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

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Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time.  However, your personal injury case is about more than the accident itself.  Meagher Law Office has a list of suggested steps to take in the moments after your accident.

  • Pull your vehicle to the side of the road, if possible.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident.  There may be a number of situations in which a individual may be tempted to leave the scene of an accident, but this is always a bad idea. Not only can leaving the scene result in criminal charges, but it can also potentially bar the driver from obtaining compensation if unknown damages or injuries become apparent later on.
  • Remain calm! Although it may be understandable to be frustrated with the individual who caused your accident, it is important to remain calm so that you can assess the situation clearly and move forward with the best possible course of action.
  • Determine if you, a passenger, or any others involved in the accident has been injured.
  • Call 911 immediately, even if you believe nobody has been injured.
  • Obtain contact information (including auto insurance information and license number) from all parties involved in the accident.
  • Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, weather conditions and the roadway where the accident occurred.
  • Obtain contact information of any and all witnesses to the accident, including their name, address, and phone number.
  • Do not discuss the details of the accident with other drivers
  • Do not accept responsibility or admit fault for the accident to anyone. 
  • Seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries could take days or weeks to become apparent.
  • Contact your insurance company to report the crash. Give them contact and insurance information for other drivers and witnesses.
  • If contacted by another driver’s insurance company, it is recommended that you do not speak with them until you consult with a personal injury attorney.
  • Obtain a copy of your police report from law enforcement officials or www.buycrash.com.
  • Make all your scheduled appointments with medical providers and keep your doctor(s) informed about the effects of your injuries.

If you (or a loved one) believe the other driver was at fault for a car accident, contact the Meagher Law Office immediately for a free case consultation.  It’s best to get an attorney involved as soon as possible after an accident while the evidence is still fresh. The sooner you call a lawyer, the sooner they can begin an investigation of your case to determine liability, how much your case may be worth, and what legal options are available to you for pursuing compensation.

Disclaimer:

This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified legal professional. In all cases, contact your legal professional for advice on any matter referenced in this article before making any decisions.

 

Car Insurers Cannot Deny Injured Car Accident Victims in Kentucky PIP Benefits Based on Medical Records Review

Car Accidents, Kentucky Law Updates, Meagher Law Office

Big win for car accident victims across the state last week via the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in GEICO v. Houchens. Now car insurers cannot deny PIP benefits to those injured in car accidents after only paying a doctor of the insurer’s choosing to give an opinion after reviewing the injured victim’s medical records.

Here is a link to the opinion:  http://opinions.kycourts.net/sc/2016-SC-000546-DG.pdf